BAE Systems Australia has announced the design and development of a new munition concept – to be known as RAZER – positioning the company as a future supplier of low-cost precision-guided munitions to Australian and potential export customers.
“RAZER can meet urgent local and overseas demand for low-cost sovereign munition solutions that could be deployed from the air. It could deliver a powerful and affordable battlefield strike capability for users globally.”The ability to deploy RAZER from an airborne platform and glide to the target would dramatically increase the weapon’s range and provide significant stand-off range for the launch platform.
Currently, there is a significant gap between inexpensive, short-range, land-based weapons of this caliber and expensive, long-range, air-launched weapon systems.
BAE Systems Australia Managing Director, Defence Delivery Andrew Gresham said:
“The company is working with the Commonwealth of Australia’s Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise on a number of levels, with RAZER adding to our existing sovereign capability.
“Design, development, and production of these munitions will utilize our decades-long history of advanced manufacturing to establish and grow the country’s domestic capability and export market.”
BAE Systems’ Battlespace Integrated Solutions team has developed RAZER as payload for UCAVs and helicopters and is moving through a development process that will see the munition become a sovereign capability delivered by its local manufacturing operations.
The project scope encompasses the development, acquisition, and testing of software, hardware, mechanical sub-systems, and other system elements aspects of this system over the coming months to enable effective operation in air and maritime environments.